Tip - dealing with onions

JeanC By JeanC, 23rd Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Various ways to prepare and store onions for future use.


One thing I hate is cutting onions, so I try do to do all my cutting at once, especially when I have a large bag of them and face it, you almost always end up with an onion or two attempting to start a new life in your kitchen if you just stash the bag in the corner somewhere expecting to use it all up. So figuring out ways to make the most of what you buy is a good idea.

This is where a food slicer comes in handy, you can buy them fairly inexpensively, Rival makes a good beginners model that folds up for storage.

Before starting, make sure you have plenty of good ventilation as onions do give off a lot of fumes, even the mild ones.

So using a slicer, v-slicer (mandoline) or a good sharp knife, cut off the ends and slice them into 1/4 inch thick rounds. You can also cut them in half to make them easier to slice into half rounds.

If you are planning on just adding the onions to a recipe, freezing onions is a good way to store them. I use small sandwich bags or freezer bags and portion the onions into them, label and simply store in the freezer until needed. Freezing does break the walls of the onion cells, but since they will be used in soups, stews and recipes where you don't need fresh sliced onions this is a good way to make sure you have what you need handy and not have to chop onions each time.

Another way I like to preserve them is to dehydrate them. I use a Nesco American Harvest dehydrator with temperature control. I separate the rounds onto the trays and then set the temp for the lowest setting and then turn it on. Onions can be pretty pungent (even sweets depending on the time of year) so this is not a task for dead of winter inside the house (unless you love the smell of onion). It will take a while for them to dry, so having the dehydrator in an out of the way spot is a good idea. Check the onions periodically to see how they are doing. Once they are brittle dry you can then store them in a jar.

The dehydrated onions can now be used to make dips, add to long cooking soups and stews or even run through the blender to make onion powder. Lots of dried onions take up quite a bit less space than in their original form.


Cutting, Dehydrating, Freezing, Onions, Storage

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
23rd Feb 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing this great article on onions.

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